Category «Brain Health»

Are there long-term effects on the brain in marijuana users?

Now that more states are beginning to legalize the sale and consumption of marijuana, it is important to assess its safety, especially in our youth. Of course, there is conflicting data on whether the use of this drug has any potentially harmful effects. Some studies using imaging studies suggest regular use of marijuana in adolescence …

Cognitive Decline (Dementia)

There is an epidemic of cognitive issues in our population. It is sad to see so many people at a relatively young age develop signs of dementia. Yes, we may have slight decrease in cognitive ability as we age, but it should not be a major factor if we have established healthy life style choices. …

Brain Injuries

What is amazing is that when someone has a traumatic brain injury and is admitted to an Intensive Care Unit, the one organ that is not directly monitored is the brain.  Our brain is very soft and is easily bruised when someone falls and hits their head, is hit in the head with a direct …

Behavioral Problems in Children

Your child is screaming and out of control, angry and aggressive with siblings and schoolmates. The school is threatening to expel your child. You are at your wits’ end. What could possibly be causing your child’s behavior? The answer to this question may be that many factors are contributing to your child’s disturbing behavior. It …

Is There Help for an Injured Brain?

Just like the body, the brain does not always recover perfectly after an injury. The brain can be injured at birth (forceps, suction, poor presentation of fetus, cord around neck). Any abnormal force to the head can result in brain injury. Brain injuries are often caused by minor bumps and hits, not just by major …

The Nightmare of Insomnia

Not being able to sleep is torture and plays havoc on your brain and your body. We live in a fast paced world that seems to never slow down, but you have to slow down and get adequate rest and sleep. It is during deep, non-rapid eye movement (non-REM) sleep that your brain can clean …

Is Anxiety Causing Your Panic?

We live in a fast pace, chaotic world. We are over stimulated and sleep deprived. We aren’t eating whole, nutritious foods, or taking time for rest and relaxation. Eventually, the brain just starts into over drive, with an increase in fast brain waves (beta waves) that make you feel fearful and panicked. Your adrenal gland …

Got Brain Fog?

There seems to be an increasing incidence of people who complain of brain fog. What exactly does this mean? You have probably experienced times when you just couldn’t think clearly. Your memory seems lacking. You can’t remember why you walked into that room. You can’t find your keys.There are many reasons why this may be …

An Epidemic of ADHD

Over the many years I have practiced medicine, I have seen a definite increase in the number of children and adults that are not able to focus and concentrate in school and work. There are many reasons for this uptick in the condition we call “attention deficit disorder. “ Let’s explore a few.The health of …

What We Believe Impacts Our Lives

Our family and the social/cultural environment in which we grew up have impacted all of us. Lots of beliefs were instilled in our young minds that we tend to carry for many years into our adulthood. Some examples are:Heart disease runs in our familyAll of the children in our family struggled in schoolYou aren’t smart …